DAVIDSON Furman outscored Davidson forwards De’Mon Brooks and Jake Cohen 36-27 on Wednesday night at Belk Arena.
But the Wildcats had more than just their two leading scorers and defeated Furman 73-36, winning their 11th consecutive game as they continue to cruise in the Southern Conference.
Davidson (20-7, 15-1) held its opponents to just 25 percent shooting from the field, the lowest percentage for a Davidson opponent all season. Meanwhile, Cohen and Brooks had their way with the Paladins (6-20, 3-12), who had just eight players in uniform.
Davidson coach Bob McKillop emptied his entire bench, and 10 of the 14 Wildcats who played scored. It was Davidson’s largest margin of victory all season.
“From start to finish there was no let down no matter who was on the court,” McKillop said. “You go into the locker room at the end of a game like this and there are faces all smiling because they had a part in this, they played well in this and they feel very proud and pleased at what we did as a team.”
McKillop said he was most pleased with the maturity and focus his team showed despite dominating for most of the game. Davidson opened with a full-court press to control tempo that helped it to a quick 10-0 lead.
“We just wanted to have them take some time and have their big guys handle the ball more than they’re used to,” Cohen said. “By the time they got set up to run their set, the shot clock is at 22 seconds, and that was an advantage for us.”
But Davidson’s offense would stall for a chunk of the first half despite getting clean looks at the basket in Furman’s zone defense. It proved not to matter, though.
The Paladins couldn’t do anything offensively, going the final 12 minutes of the first half with two made free throws and no field goals. The visitors shot 19 percent in the first half, and their 12 points were the fewest in a half allowed by Davidson all season.
Furman’s only real scoring option was saddled with foul trouble for the entire game. Colin Reddick, the only Paladin who entered the game averaging double figures, had no points in the first half. His attempts to outmuscle Cohen and Brooks in the low post resulted in early fouls that put him on the bench and Furman at a distinct disadvantage.
Reddick finished the game with two points on 1-for-7 shooting after fouling out with three minutes left in the game.
Both Brooks and Cohen finished with double-doubles. Cohen, the team’s leading scorer, had 12 points and 11 rebounds while Brooks had 15 and 10.
Brooks’ 15 points were the most he had all month. He recorded six offensive rebounds which resulted in 11 points for Davidson.
“He’s got those two jumps in him that make him very special,” McKillop said. “He’s able to get not just offensive rebounds but get fouled. I think De’Mon’s back. He had struggled but I think he’s back.”
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